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News » Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-06

Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-06

Seattle Seahawks Strategy and Personnel 2009-03-06

With wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and defensive tackle Colin Cole signed, the Seahawks will focus on signing some of their own free agents. Seattle also has brought in a couple players to potentially fill needs on the team, including Tampa Bay safety Jermaine Phillips, who Ruskell drafted while in Tampa Bay.

The Seahawks also have brought in long snappers Mike Leach from Denver and Houston's Bryan Pittman. Seattle drafted Tyler Schmitt in the sixth round last year to serve in the role, but Schmitt injured his back in training camp and never played a down. Seattle brought in Jeff Robinson, who played well, but the 39-year-old may not be interested in returning for another season.


1. Offensive line: Seattle still needs help here, with offensive tackles Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear, guards Mike Wahle (shoulder) and Rob Sims (torn pectoral muscle) and center Chris Spencer (back) all spending time on the injured reserve list last season.

2. Safety: Seattle needs to get younger and more athletic here, with Deon Grant and Brian Russell both hitting their 30s.

3. Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck (33 years old) is aging, and the Seahawks need to start grooming his eventual replacement.

MEDICAL WATCH: Ruskell said wide receiver Nate Burleson's rehabilitation is coming along nicely and he should be ready to participate in the team's first mini-camp in April. That's pretty impressive, considering it will be only seven months out at that time since Burleson's ACL knee surgery in September.

Ruskell also gave positive nods to Walter Jones (microfracture knee surgery), Patrick Kerney (shoulder surgery) and Matt Hasselbeck's (back) recoveries from their perspective injuries. Ruskell said both Jones and Kerney are ahead of schedule, and that Hasselbeck should be ready for the April mini-camp.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Leroy Hill: Tendered at 8.304M.



--WR Bobby Engram missed the first three games of the season with a cracked shoulder blade and only finished with 47 catches for 489 yards and no touchdowns in 2008.

--QB Charlie Frye started one game and struggled, finishing 12 of 23 for 83 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-17 loss to Green Bay.

--DT Howard Green was used as a backup in spot duty and should receive another training camp invitation.

--TE Will Heller is a good blocking tight end, and serves as a nice complement to pass-catching tight end John Carlson.

--LB D.D. Lewis proved a valuable backup that knows Seattle's defensive scheme.

--LB Wesley Mallard finished on the injured reserve with an injured hamstring.

--C Steve McKinney was picked up at midseason to help add depth to an offensive line decimated by injuries.

--LS Jeff Robinson filled in nicely when rookie Tyler Schmitt suffered a back injury during training camp. Seattle may lean on him again in 2009,

--WR Koren Robinson was productive in spurts but does not have the top-end speed he possessed early in his career. May be off to greener pastures.

--FB Leonard Weaver has improved as a blocker and gives the team versatility with his pass-catching and running ability. Other teams may be interested, including NFC West rival St. Louis.

--OT Ray Willis plays with a mean streak and started 10 games at both right guard and right tackle. May command more money than team is willing to pay him.

--OT Floyd Womack was healthy for the first time in several years and showed his versatility by playing both right guard and left guard. He should be back.


--LB Lance Laury (not tendered as RFA) was a valuable special teams player for Seattle.



--CB Kevin Hobbs (tendered at $460,000).

--WR Jordan Kent (tendered at $460,000).

--WR Ben Obomanu (tendered at $460,000).

--WR Courtney Taylor (tendered at $460,000).

--S C.J. Wallace (tendered at $460,000).



--DT Colin Cole: UFA Packers; $21.4M/5 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh: UFA Bengals; $40M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.

--TE John Owens: UFA Lions; terms unknown.


--DT Rocky Bernard: UFA Giants; $16M/4 yrs, guarantee unknown.

--OG Chris Gray: UFA; retired.

--RB Maurice Morris: UFA Lions; $7M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 6, 2009

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